Ann Arbor Japan Week

Looking for things to do in Ann Arbor with kids? Families can enjoy the city's culturally rich Japan Week, June 17-23, 2018, which offers a ton of family fun dedicated to Japanese culture.

The Center for Japanese Studies hosts their annual Ann Arbor Japan Week, June 17-23, 2018, which features a wide variety of Japan-related programs for families – including seminars, symposiums, special film events and photo exhibits – that are free and open to the public.

Kick off the week with a free screening of the anime flick, A Letter to Momo, starting at 1 p.m., June 17, at Michigan Theater.

After that, the events happen at venues all across Tree Town at various times throughout the week. On June 18, stop by Ann Arbor Y Judo Club from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a beginners Judo class (reservation required) and follow that up with a Sashiko Embroidery lesson at the Ann Arbor District Library from 7-8:30 p.m.

Then on June 19 from 2-3:30 and 4-5:30 p.m., head to Matthaei Botanical Gardens to learn the art of Japanese flower arranging.

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On June 20, those with an eye for Japanese art can treat themselves to a workshop on Japanese Calligraphy at Weiser Hall and a Japanese Crests Letterpress Lab at the Ann Arbor Distric Library. And on Thursday, families can delve even further into the culture’s artwork at the Family Japanese Art Studio at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and explore the world of Japanese video games at the University of Michigan Library Computer & Video Game Archive – you’ll also get to practice your Sushi-rolling skills if you head to the Ann Arbor District Library that evening.

On Friday, kids can practice their Origami at the Ann Arbor District Library and that evening, learn about the Japanese Sword and it’s role in Japanese culture throughout the years at Power Center. Saturday features even more fun with musical performances by the Godaiko Drummers at the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library and Japanese stories at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Take the entire family to learn and participate in authentic Japanese customs, art and legends for a fun-filled week the kids won’t soon forget!

Times for each activity or event varies. Check the Ann Arbor Japan Week website for full details. For basic details on Ann Arbor Japan Week – and even more things to do in metro Detroit this weekend – in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.